Starrett Judo Tournament - Jan 2009
Second tournament was Starrett in Brooklyn. I found my first match on my opponent's youtube page, strangely enough. I lose a LONG match by seoinage (ippon in both senses) after gassing hard. My lungs were burning. However, I fulfilled my promise to my teammates: no sacrifice throws. I'm a yellow belt now. I'm the dark, bearded one in the dark belt (judges made me wear a blue).
YouTube - Alex Fridman - Judo Starrett Cup - Novice Division - Match 1
You can see me accidentally scratch his face/nose/eye(?) at 1:00 and apologize midmatch. Considering that my choke attempt bloodied the inside of his mouth later, I think...I may owe him another apology.
I also had a teammates' friend tape it, in three parts, worse quality.
YouTube - Starrett Judo Tournament 2009 - match 1 part 1
YouTube - Starrett Judo Tournament 2009 - match 1 part 2
YouTube - Starrett Judo Tournament 2009 - match 1 part 3
My second match is in the loser's bracket. I was still tired, 10 minutes after the last match. Very tired. I think I could've won if I had met him in my first match--but that's bull so nevermind. I lost by sotomakikomi, which I don't have a great defense for.
YouTube - Starrett Judo tournament - match 2
I'm going to work on cardio hardcore for next match. I'm running hills/stairs (I have an OK hill nearby, and if I can find stairs within ~1 mile I'll do those) and will be getting a judo-specific workout from my coach.
I also have no forward attacks--my only confident technique is kouchigari, which takes a bit of posture and opportunity. My coach suggested tai-otoshi and foot sweeps (primarily okuriashibarai IMO). I also want my seoinage and sprawl to improve before I go out again.
Any and all advice appreciated.
Third tournament - Judo Karate Center Invitational 2009
Went to the Judo Karate Center Invitational 2009 in Cranford, NJ today for my third tournament. Drove down with judo coach, watched some hard-fighting juniors, then waited for another hour for my matches. Well-run single-mat tournament. Instead of ranks and weights, it's a point division method: take your weight in pounds, add some points for rank and age (from a pair of charts; I got 170 pounds, 40 for 20-29 age and 10 for rank), and that's your bracket. I was in the senior <250 points and don't know why I wasn't in the <225, maybe I'm crazy.
First opponent: teenaged (17?) yellow belt. Won it in the first 10 or 12 seconds with my best throw (kouchigari), full ippon. First tournament win woot! I was also happy that I had avoided the powerful case of nerves I had in the first two tourneys. I was nervous but ready.
Second opponent: Polish kid in his prime who I had seen warming up. Groundwork looked like an alligator. Ranked lower than he should--his throws look brown belt level, and I think he was a yellow? Anyway, I charge in ignoring all these thoughts, defend a little, get nowhere with my tai-otoshi and kouchigari, and get thrown hard with a left-side tai-otoshi. I didn't take the fall well, because I tried to resist it wrong, so I landed hard on my left shoulder. Probably sprained it; I've been taking painkillers, NSAIDs and have been icing it 20-on-20-off.
Third opponent: teenage 200 lb green belt from the dojo we were at. Up-and-comer. My left shoulder hurt a lot, but I trucked on. Kouchigari is fruitless, as are my craptacular ouchigari, deashibarai, and tai-otoshi. We hit the mats a few times. Eventually he rolls me out like a rug with a beautiful seoinage.
Shoulder hurts, but I'm happy.
LESSON ONE: Work on tai-otoshi. Seoinage, which I've been working on, is now a lower priority due to how it works in with my kouchigari. I need a throw for when they move their right foot back.
LESSON TWO: Don't fucking shoulder-plant for your ukemi. Either step over the tai-otoshi, circle it, counter it, fucking teleport out of it, or take the damn fall. I lost the point anyway, but managed to hurt myself in the process. Value: negative one.
LESSON THREE: There are opponents which I can beat in tournament. This is good news.
We await video at the courtesy of the event holders.